Stopping the Caribbean’s Brain-Drain

Nov. 26, 2018 — The Caribbean region ranks second in the world in the number of college graduates, especially those in professions such as nursing and teaching, who migrate permanently out of the area. And this large emigration of highly skilled citizens can have significant implications for socioeconomic development in Caribbean countries.

Dr. Nigel Brissett, assistant professor of international development and social change at Clark University, will address this topic on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:45 pm in the Rhodes Room. The talk is part of the Wantman Family State of the World Speaker Series.

Brissett will explore how Caribbean nations are responding to the phenomenon of high-skilled emigration, and analyze the effectiveness of key policy responses. He will highlight the national and international complexities of education policies aimed at managing high-skilled emigration in the context of globalization. 

His current work analyzes the intersection of neo-liberal principles and post-colonial social welfare policies, and the results that ensue. Brissett’s research focuses on issues of educational access and equity for marginalized groups in the era of rapid neo-liberal globalization.

Brissett was born in Jamaica, in a region with a rich but turbulent political, cultural, and economic history. That history, combined with Brissett's own personal story, have shaped the social-justice orientation of his intellectual work.

He is also the father of a current NMH sophomore.